As I look out my office window I am pleased that December has been warmer than normal. Cooler temps would mean today’s rain would likely be white and a lot thicker! Although a white Christmas is always nice, I am ok with waiting until Christmas break for any accumulating snowfall.
During my early years as a school Superintendent colleagues would share that school delay & closure decisions are “no win” and “no fun.” I would agree with the “no fun” part but keeping kids safe through common sense decision-making can help us avoid the “no win” area.
Deciding to cancel or delay school typically begins with the forecast the day before. In addition to the normal news channels, I receive special updates directly from The National Weather Service. They put together very specific, school targeted email blasts during predicted challenging weather. These updates have proven to be very accurate and provide a “heads up” when rough weather may be arriving. If forecasts predict weather which could impact students’ ability to get to school safely I move into the next mode of information gathering. That starts with waking up a bit earlier – usually around 4:15 a.m. – to check out the latest conditions. Early communication includes contact between county Superintendents and the Sheboygan County Highway and Sheriff’s Department. That county information is shared with area Superintendents. The next step for me involves heading outside to drive the country roads to see conditions first hand. After checking the roads I will typically call our bus company and get their feedback on bus safety. Throughout this time I am keeping up with the updated forecast information with a particular focus on any “watches” or “warnings” which may be out there. All of this information comes together to inform my decision regarding possible delay or closure so that we can communicate with stakeholders by 6:00 a.m.
Early release weather decisions include many of the same steps above along with the added consideration of student safety when they are dropped off before their regularly scheduled time. The possibility of younger students being unsupervised with early dismissals along with weather forecasts and predicted road conditions all come into play when making a decision to release school early.
Although I am concerned about all students during inclement weather, high school students who drive to school gain an extra measure of that concern. The most important communication around this topic involves our parents and the choices they make with their students during inclement weather. You know your children and their transportation best, and your decision regarding keeping them home or delaying their day will always be supported in weather-related circumstances.
So here’s hoping for a Christmas which is just white enough to cover the trees while melting off our roads. A similar January and February would be just fine with me as well!
Enjoy this day,
The annual meeting of the Oostburg School District Board of Education was held on October 18th. State law requires that every public school district holds an annual meeting where residents have the opportunity to provide input around the operation of the school district and where the school board and administrative staff shares district achievements and goals. Annual meetings also include resolutions which accomplish the following:
- Adopt the 2017-18 budget and local tax levy
- Set school board member salaries
- Establish length of school year
- Authorize short term borrowing if necessary
The annual meeting includes several additional resolutions and provides an advisory position to the board for their binding action in relation to the final budget. Public school district budgeting and annual meeting reporting includes several challenges related to availability of information. Although our fiscal year is required to run from July 1 – June 30, districts do not receive final budget information from the state until well into October. More
Homecoming week at OMS is always a fun way for students to show off their school spirit and creativity. Each morning, I look forward to the students arriving to school dressed in the theme for the day. Included in this post are pictures of students that participated in crazy hair/mismatch and twin/squad day. Way to show off your school spirit OMS!
Are you aware that last year alone our Parents Music Club donated $9,719 from running our concessions stands? That money goes directly to our music program allowing things that a regular budget may not provide.
Finding an adequate number of volunteers to help with concessions is a challenge, and that is the purpose of this post. Please check out the following Sign Up Genius links and consider helping out. We have a top notch music program and PMC is a large part of our success. You may also check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Parents-Music-Club-Oostburg-228450417202494/
JV Football – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba4a622a7fb6-monday
Varsity Football – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba4a622a7fb6-varsity1
Volleyball – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba4a622a7fb6-volleyball1
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With state population growth slowing and unemployment at record low levels many communities are considering the challenges of finding enough people to fill available jobs. The recent Foxconn approval means workforce development demands in Wisconsin will continue to be a priority. Oostburg’s strong business presence, along with the addition of the new Master’s Gallery plant, means we will feel this reality locally as well.
As superintendent I am involed in both the Oostburg and Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce and discussions around workforce development and housing have been central in both organizations. Oostburg School District is playing an active role in this conversation as we seek to fulfill our mission of ensuring all students learn at high levels so they can be productive members of society and the world. I encourage families to check out bit.ly/2xeVsw8 to view our district’s work in Academic and Career Planning (ACP). Our plan has been a model for other districts and is building a strong foundation between a student’s academic preparation at OSD and their transition into the workforce, technical school, college or the military.
A recent survey asked municipal officials to share their perspective on the most important factors in attracting and retaining employees. Available housing in areas with high quality local schools came up as priority #1, ahead of business opportunities, parks, taxes, housing prices, and utility costs. We believe OSD provides an excellent education and is an asset in attracting families and businesses to our community. That helps in making Oostburg a great place to raise a family.
Enjoy this day,
Even though I no longer have a class full of biology students on day 1 of the school year, I feel the same nervous excitement as we welcome students back to @oostburgschools. Last night included the traditional restless rolling over to check my alarm clock – this year at 2am, 3:15am, and 4:10 – don’t want to be late on the first day!
It has been almost 30 years since my student teaching with Mr. Ed Rauwerdink in what is now a science room transformed into Mrs. Szyman’s english classroom. A lot has changed over three decades, but a lot has also stayed the same. I certainly feel the same excitement as we wait for students to fill our halls. I feel the same sense of responsibility as parents entrust us with their children. I feel the same pride as I think about the colleagues that I get to work and learn with each day. Going back to my years in high school it seemed as though there was something different, something special about Oostburg.
So thank you parents. Thank you students. Thank you teachers. You each have chosen Oostburg as your school, and you are what makes this place special. As we begin the 2017-18 school year it is my wish that you enjoy a fantastic year filled with learning, positive relationships, and growth. It is our hope that we can partner together as we seek to fulfill our mission of ensuring all students learn at high levels becoming positive contributors to society and our world!
The School District of Oostburg is seeking a full time high school Business Education teacher beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The position specifically includes the following courses: Personal Finance, Economics, Accounting, Business 101 (a survey course) and Adobe.
Our district serves approximately 1100 students in grades 4K-12 and receives wonderful support from our community. That, along with a high quality faculty and wonderful students to work with, makes the School District of Oostburg an exceptional place to teach. The district has worked hard to be an attractive employer because we recognize that our schools can only be as good as our teachers. Many significant things have been put in place to help us attract and retain high quality teachers and we believe that applicants will be impressed with the quality of the students and peers they find at our school. We are located in Eastern Wisconsin on Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Sheboygan.
The School District of Oostburg offers an excellent compensation and benefits package for its employees including health insurance with a local clinic partnership with Prevea, dental insurance, health savings account contributions, life insurance, long term disability insurance and flexible benefit plans. The value and support our community places on education contributes to making Oostburg a great place to start or continue your career. We encourage you to view our introductory video located on the district’s website.
Friends & Families– Would you like to give your student a little extra encouragement during finals week to combat the stress? If so, order your Stress Reliever Goodie Bag! $5.00 due by Thursday, May 26. Treats delivered May 30.Goodie Bag Order Form